Font Size

100% 150% 200%

Background Colour

Default Contrast
Close Reset

Due to scheduled maintenance work by our external provider, background aerial imagery on Canmore may be unavailable

between 12:00 Friday 15th December and 12:00 Monday 18th December


Sea Bird: Mell Head, Stroma, Pentland Firth

Craft (19th Century)

Site Name Sea Bird: Mell Head, Stroma, Pentland Firth

Classification Craft (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) 'On The Southwest End Of The Island Of Stroma'; North Sea

Canmore ID 282933

Site Number ND37NW 8033

NGR ND 339 761

NGR Description ND c. 339 761

Datum Datum not recorded


Ordnance Survey licence number AC0000807262. All rights reserved.
Canmore Disclaimer. © Copyright and database right 2023.

Toggle Aerial | View on large map


Administrative Areas

  • Council Highland
  • Parish Maritime - Highland
  • Former Region Highland
  • Former District Maritime
  • Former County Not Applicable

Archaeology Notes

ND37NW 8033 c. 339 761

N58 40.1 W3 8.4

NLO: Mell Head [name: ND 339 761]

Island of Stroma [name: ND 35 77]

Pentland Firth [name centred ND 35 81].

Possibly on map sheet ND37NE.

Island of Stroma, 17th June. The SEA BIRD, Smith, of and for Boston, from Newcastle, went on shore yesterday on the SW end of this island, and lies on her beam ends, and waterlogged: part of the cargo washed out, the remainder being landed, and the vessel dismantled, as she is expected to become a total wreck.

Source: The Marine List, LL, No. 11,933, London, Monday June 21 1852.

Thurso, 22nd June. The SEA BIRD, Smith, which was on shore on Stroma Island, has been towed into Scrabster Harbour, very leaky, and with the greater part of cargo thrown overboard. [Record received incomplete].

NMRS, MS/829/72 (no. 8789).

A location near Mell Head may be suggested for this stranding.

The loss of this vessel is not cited by I G Whittaker (1998), presumably on account of her successful recovery.

Information from RCAHMS (RJCM), 22 September 2006.


MyCanmore Image Contributions

Contribute an Image

MyCanmore Text Contributions